2015 All Stars

Misha Baker:  All-Star and HPV Brazil Team Member

Pofessional PhotoUnder Dr. Evans’ mentorship, Misha received a Global Health Institute scholarship to conduct a pilot study on parent knowledge of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the HPV vaccine with a multidisciplinary team in São Paulo, Brazil.

  • MPH, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University
  • BA, Cultural Anthropology, Haverford College



Jordan Burns:  All-Star Team Member

Mercado Modelo - JordanUnder Dr. Evans’ mentorship, Jordan worked as a research intern for the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Salvador, Brazil. Her primary project was to develop a questionnaire to assess acceptance of the HPV vaccine and related factors among Brazilian mothers.


  • MPH Global Epidemiology Candidate, Emory University
  • BA in Biology, University of Louisville

Ellen Chiang:  All-Star and HPV Brazil Team Member

As a member of the multidisciplinary Global Health Institute team, Ellen conducted a qualitative project on parental perceptions of the HPV vaccine in São Paulo, Brazil. Her undergraduate thesis compares the political, social, and cultural circumstances that have shaped parental perceptions of the HPV vaccine in the United States and Brazil. Her current research interests center on examining the role of government in mitigating or perpetuating social disparities in health.

  • BS candidate in Anthropology & Human Biology, Emory University, 2015

Renee Crawford:  All-Star Team Member

ReneeCrawfordpicRenee’s research interests include global health, emergency preparedness and response, and health as a human right.  Her master’s thesis research is focusing on the unmet challenges and vulnerabilities within international public health emergency response that have come to light in the midst of the current Ebola outbreak.


  • MPH Candidate 2015 in Prevention Science, Emory University
  • BS in Microbiology with a certificate in Biochemistry 1999, Georgia Institute of Technology

Daniella Figueroa-Downing:  All-Star and HPV Brazil Team Member

daniellaUnder Dr. Evans’ mentorship, Daniella is a member of the multidisciplinary Global Health Institute team examining the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine campaign in São Paulo, Brazil. She is writing her thesis on routine promotion and administration of the HPV vaccine by public healthcare providers in Brazil. Her research interests include the intersection between vaccine preventable diseases and maternal and child health, immigrant and refugee populations, and health systems strengthening.

  •  MPH candidate, Global Epidemiology, Emory University
  • BA, Sociology-Anthropology, Middlebury College

Samantha Luffy: Evans Rsearch Team ConsulatantAll-Star Team Member & Teaching Assistant

luffySamantha is a member of Dr. Evans’ thesis team, the All Stars, and is using qualitative data she collected during her Global Field Experience  in Nicaragua as the basis of her thesis.  She is also the Teaching Assistant for GH 508: Health and Human Rights Seminar for Spring 2015.


  • ​MPH Global Health Candidate, Emory University
  • BS in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, University of Mary Washington

Audrey McCulluch:  All-Star Team Member

AudreyAudrey’s masters thesis is a qualitative assessment of best practices in outreach and education efforts targeting Georgia’s Hispanic community for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Her research interests focus on the intersection of human rights, health and immigrant, refugee and migrant health.


  •  MPH in Global Health Candidate, Emory University
  • BA in History and Spanish, Emory University

Sam Perkins: All-Star Team Member & Graduate Co-Instructor

Perkins_PicSam is working on a thesis analyzing the prevalence of disability in post-war Sri Lanka, as well as determining if there is a relationship between poor mental health outcomes and disability in post-conflict settings.  Additionally, Sam is a co-instructor Dr. Evans undergraduate course on Health in Humanitarian Emergencies.


  •  MPH Candidate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • BS Anthropology, specializing in Human Biology, University of Arizona

Christina Renquist: All-Star Team Member

tinaheadshotChristina’s research interests include bridging the gap between public health and human rights, particularly in regards to children’s and women’s right to health.  Prior to coming to Emory, Christina served as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Guatemala where she spearheaded a community-wide infrastructure project and preventative health education training for community health workers.

  •  MPH Candidate 2015 in Global Public Health, Human Rights Certificate, Emory University
  • BA in International Studies, Spanish Minor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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